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Debates on Open Source So 'Last Year' Says Novell Exec

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Governments are considering open-source technologies as an alternative to costly proprietary software. While they're past the science project stage and starting to get real benefits from open source, there's still some confusion and fear surrounding the low-cost software alternative, says Ross Chevalier, CTO/CIO of Novell. There's a very strong element of fear that if I do this maybe I'll get in trouble," says Chevalier, who recently spoke at GTEC Week.

There are also misunderstandings due to advertising claims made by some proprietary vendors, he said in an interview with TIG. "There's still a perception that the public sector hasn't embraced open source," he says. Adoption rates vary across the country and within different sectors. Outside of Canada, adoption rates are significantly higher. In Europe, for example, open source is much more common. "That's so last year," he says of the open-source versus proprietary software debate, in Europe. "It's not even a relevant conversation."

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